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Barossa Valley, South Australia
Established by the Lindner family in 1944 and nestled between the vineyards and the banks of the Para River, every St Hallett wine is 100% Barossa.
St Hallett’s initial focus was in the production of fortified wines. The first vintage of Old Block Shiraz in 1980 and its success, accelerated a shift of focus towards the premium table wines St Hallett has become renowned for ever since.
Stuart Blackwell’s winemaking career spans more than four decades, two continents and four regions. The consistency, reliability and diversity of Barossa’s grapes and the availability of old vine fruit lured him to stay in the world famous region.
Following a stint in McLaren Vale Stuart first joined St Hallett in 1972 in an era when fortified wine was king. In 1975 Stuart travelled to South Africa to diversify his winemaking experience. A three year sabbatical turned into a seven year stint in Africa where he established a winery in Zimbabwe (known then as Rhodesia) and met his wife Faith. He returned to Australia and St Hallett in 1984 and has fulfilled many roles at the winery including General Manager, Chief Winemaker and Head Greenkeeper. During this time he has overseen a shift to table wine and has established St Hallett as one of Barossa’s iconic producers of Shiraz and Riesling.
Stuart’s wines have received many accolades in domestic and international wine shows throughout his career and he was recognised as ‘Barossa Winemaker of the year’ by his peers in 2003 and became a Baron of the Barossa in the same year.